It has been a busy few weeks in the auction rooms throughout the country with farms great and small selling in all the provinces.
In the west a 122ac farm near Strokestown and Rooskey, Co Roscommon sold in lots and under the hammer for over €500,000 making just over €4,000/ac. It's pre-auction guide was somewhat in advance of that at €670,000.
The property is made up almost entirely of grazing ground as well as five acres of bog. There are no buildings of note with the farm.
The area is described as one of the more scenic places in Roscommon by Paul Lafferty of James Clery & Sons, Castlerea.
The farm was offered in three lots on the day of auction, with Mr Lafferty and joint agent Tom Cox handling the sale.
A 57ac parcel at Graffogue, Scramogue, including the five acres of bog, opened the sale when Paul Lafferty accepted a bid of €150,000.
With seven bidders in the chase it went on the market at €288,000 and sold at that price to a local farmer.
Tom Cox then took the hammer and a 63ac parcel at Tully, Kilglass, overlooking Killyglass Lake, opened at €150,000 and with four active bidders it went on the market at €288,000 and sold at that price.
A 1.5ac site with great views but without planning at Glen, Kilglass was then offered.
It was bid to €13,500 when it was withdrawn and sold immediately afterwards.
In a quirky conclusion to the sale, an old tractor was rescued from suffocation by briars, brambles and nettles when a bid of €60 gave it a new owner and a new home.
Paul Lafferty is not sure whether its parts will be harvested for similar machines or whether the contraption itself might be rebuilt to feature at vintage shows and perhaps the occasional St Patrick's Day parade.